Pain in the Nerve

Common causes of nerve pain include illness, injury, accident or trauma. Most people are familiar with repetitive use preceding the development of carpal tunnel syndrome, but emotional trauma can trigger neuropathic pain too. It can be acute, occurring immediately or sporadic, or it comes and goes. Chronic nerve pain is difficult to treat. It does not tend to begin nor end abruptly, often requiring ongoing treatment and therapy. Early symptoms may present as tinging ‘pins and needles’ in the hands and feet, advancing to more severe and debilitating symptoms associated with sciatica, alcoholism, stroke, diabetes and shingles. Neuropathic pain is caused by damage or dysfunction to nerves. It is often experienced as shooting, radiating, stabbing or burning pain, especially where compression of the nerve is involved as in sciatica or carpal tunnel syndrome. This induces a constant trigger for stress and inflammation.

What is All the Fuss Around PEA?

Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) is a mouthful that may boost natural cannabinoids (no, not cannabis) to relieve nerve pain and support heart and immune health. Its benefits have been recognised since the 1970s but has only recently been gaining its notoriety. PEA has been extensively studied in clinical trials for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory and nerve protecting properties and is found in abundance within the brain. Part of its effectiveness is attributed to its ability to reduce hypersensitivity to pain when the body is in short supply of naturally produced PEA. This can help in retraining the brain to turn down the alarm on pain signalling pathways within the body, especially in recognising that this ongoing issue may be continuing from an already resolved injury. Dietary sources of PEA include beans, peas, tomato, alfalfa, corn, peanuts, soy lecithin and dairy milk. PEA offers an enticing alternative or adjuvant therapy to conventional analgesic therapies including Lexapro, Lyrica, codeine, paracetamol and ibuprofen medications. Importantly, there are no known side effects or drug interactions mentioned to date with taking PEA.

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References Nerve Injury. (2018). Origins of nerve pain and related symptoms in the body [Image]. Retrieved from